These Are the Best Beers in the World, According to Experts

Keep your taste buds busy with these lagers, IPAs, porters and more.

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Left: Brooklyn Brewery

Someone curates a new “Best Beer” list every day, but it’s hard to argue with the esteemed experts who awarded gold medals at the “Olympics of Beer,” aka the 2018 World Beer Cup. 

Two hundred ninety-five judges meticulously analyzed 8,234 different brews from all over the the world, according to the Brewers Association. When all was said and drunk, the United States dwarfed 32 other countries with an astounding 242 accolades. 


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“Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and former president of Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup showcases the breadth of the global brewing community and winning an award symbolizes one of the greatest brewing achievements.” 

All 302 award winners can be viewed here, but you can glimpse the top dogs from select categories below: 

Best American-Style Amber Lager

Brooklyn Lager – Brooklyn Brewery

Best American-Style Imperial Stout

Cultivating Mass – Cooperage Brewing

Best American-Style India Pale Ale

Revision IPA – Revision Brewing

Best American-Style Lager/Cream Ale

Old Style Lager – Pabst Brewing

Best American-Style Pale Ale

C-Hops – Firestone Walker Brewing

Best American-Style Stout

Black Cliffs – Boise Brewing

Best American-Style Wheat Beer

Dark O’ The Moon – Tilted Axis Brewing

Best Baltic-Style Porter

Bangor Slate – Two Rivers Brewing

Best Belgian-Style Sour Ale

Oude Geuze Boon VAT 108 – Brouwerij Boon

Best Belgian-Style Tripel

Triple LeFort – Omer Vander Ghinste

Best Belgian-Style Witbier

Camden Gentlemans Wit – Camden Town Brewery

Best Bohemian-Style Pilsener

Chuckanut – Chuckanut Brewery

Best Classic English-Style Pale Ale

Valley Isle ESB – Maui Brewing

Best French & Belgian-Style Saison

La Finca Miami – The Tank Brewing

Best Pumpkin Beer

5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barleywine – Philipsburg Brewing

Best Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale Wee Heavy – Microbrasserie Gainsbourg

Best Session Beer

Fernson Farmhouse Ale – Fernson Brewing

Best Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer

Queen of Hearts – Pelican Brewing (Pacific City)

Best Aged Beer

Vladislav – Diebolt Brewing

h/t: Bro Bible, Forbes